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Minutes

Ordinary Council Meeting

18 October 2021, 7:00 PM

All minutes are subject to confirmation at a subsequent

meeting and may be amended by resolution at that meeting.

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Ordinary Council 18 October 2021

Minutes

 

PRESENT: Councillor P. Palmer (Chair), Councillor S. Bennison, Councillor K. Brent, Councillor D. Brooks-Horn, Councillor K. Morris, Councillor D. Strassberg Councillor F. Vissel and Councillor A. Zbik.

 

ALSO PRESENT: General Manager, Executive Manager – Corporate Services, Executive Manager – Environmental Services, Executive Manager – Open Space & Urban Services, Executive Manager – Human Services and Minute-Taker.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST:

Councillor Brooks-Horn declared a non-pecuniary conflict of interest that is non-significant in relation to Item 13 ‘Rotary Request for Financial Support Due to the Cancellation of the 2021 Rotary Fair Due to COVID-19’. He indicated he would vacate the meeting and not vote debate on the item.

 

APOLOGIES 

Nil

 

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

The meeting was opened with a prayer by the General Manager.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

The Mayor gave an acknowledgement of Country.

 

WEBCASTING OF COUNCIL MEETING

The Mayor advised those present that the Meeting was being webcast.

SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS

149

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Strassberg and Brooks-Horn that Standing Orders be suspended and that members of the public who wish to address Council be allowed to do so for a maximum of three minutes.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

PUBLIC FORUM

Vanessa Walker of Riverview in relation to the Finalisation of the Dog Strategy and the Community Dog Advisory Committee;

Caleb Taylor of Lane Cove North in relation to Park Safety;

Suzanne Varrall of Lane Cove North in relation to Community Dog Advisory Committee;

Merri Southwood of Greenwich in relation to the Local Housing Strategy;

Paul Mirabelle of Longueville in relation to Finalisation of the Dog Strategy;

James Hansen of Lane Cove North in relation to the Lane Cove North Neighbourhood Centre;

Margaret Curley of Northwood in relation to Bob Campbell Oval;

Jennifer Schneller of Northwood in relation to the Local Housing Strategy;

Jacky Barker of Lane Cove in relation to Creation of Infrastructure Reserve; and

      Sjirk Bangma of Lane Cove in relation to Bob Campbell Oval.


 

Written Submissions  

One (1) written was received from Sue Gould of Riverview in relation to the Finalisation of the Dog Strategy.

 

RESUMPTION OF STANDING ORDERS

150

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Strassberg and Brooks-Horn that Standing Orders be resumed.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 20 SEPTEMBER 2021

151

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Strassberg and Brooks-Horn that the minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on the 20 September 2021 be received.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

152

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Strassberg and Brooks-Horn that the minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on the 20 September 2021 be confirmed subject to Resolution 127 and 128 being amended to reflect that Councillor Vissel was absent.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Mayoral Minutes

 

Mayoral Minute - Future Proofing Royal North Shore Hospital

153

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer and Brent that:-

1.   Council write to the Premier, Minister for Health and Minister for Planning, and their opposition counterparts, highlighting our community’s reliance on RNSH as a centre of medical excellence, medical research, and care;

2.   Council urge the Government to commit to retaining the RNSH campus site solely for the expansion of public hospital and/or community healthcare facilities into the future; and

3.   Copies of the correspondence be forwarded to our local members, Hon Anthony Roberts MP and Felicity Wilson MP and our local federal member Trent Zimmerman MP.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Mayoral Minute - Tree Removing/Pruning Permits

154

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillor Palmer that Council create an online public register of active Tree Permits.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Mayoral Minute - Post COVID-19 Outdoor Dining Activation Opportunities

155

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillor Palmer that:-

1.   Council undertake consultation with businesses and residents in the Lane Cove village regarding a trial over December 2021/January 2022 of opportunities for expanded outdoor dining, and enhanced pedestrian amenity as outlined in the Mayoral Minute; and

2.   Council receive a report on the outcome of the consultation at the November 2021 Council Meeting.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Orders Of The Day

 

Councillor Bennison advised Council of the passing of Minyan, long term local business owner of Minyan Designs & Alterations. Councillor Bennison, on behalf of Council, offered condolences to her family and friends.

 

Mayor Palmer advised Council of the passing of VALE Maureen Lyle Ackerman 16.2.31-1.10.21. Maureen was an East Ward Councillor from 1984 to 1990 and 1992 to 1995. She was a strong supporter of the Library and subsequently served for many years on the Marjorie Propsting Memorial Library Committee. Maureen was the much loved wife of Val (deceased), mother of Kribo, Mark & John, grandmother of Yodit, Kristin, Maddie and Rory. She was a pillar of the community and will be much missed by all.

 

Notices of Motion

 

Notice of Motion - Lane Cove North Neighbourhood Centre

 

MOTION

A motion was moved by Councillors Zbik and Vissel that Council:-

1.   Write to landowners within the Lane Cove North area who own land zoned R4 who have not yet lodged a Development Application to ask their level of interest in developing a neighbourhood centre concept; and

2.   A report be provided back to Council on what is required to further the proposal.

 

Upon being put to the meeting the Motion was declared Lost.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 3).

Against the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent and Brooks-Horn (Total 5).

 

Notice of Motion - Discrimination

156

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Strassberg and Zbik that Council:-

1.    As part of the Community Strategic Plan, Council develop an anti-discrimination policy;

2.    Actively promotes the graffiti hotline to combat hateful graffiti;

3.    Via the General manager, discuss with the Police Local Area Command additional actions that Council can undertake to educate and promote tolerance in our community; and

4.    Via the General Manager, discuss with the Police Local Area Command the need for increased patrols of the local government area.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Notice of Motion - Community Dog Advisory Committee

 

MOTION

A motion was moved by Councillors Brooks-Horn and Bennison that Council:-

1.    Convene a new advisory committee called the “Community Dog Advisory Committee” to advise on residents’ issues around dogs, the needs of dog owners, consider possible dog related events for the Lane Cove LGA, and what resources might be required to be provided by Council to ensure that both the interests of dog owners and the wider community are being looked after;

2.    Write a constitution governing the activities of the committee, to be approved by council.

3.    Committee’s responsibilities are to (examples):-

a.    meet at least twice within 6 months of the committee being constituted to review and suggest changes to the Revised Draft Dog Strategy Plan 2021 prior to it being referred back to council for adoption or further review;

b.    help council with the implementation and planning of any recommendations arising in the final Dog Strategy Plan which is ultimately accepted by council; and

c.     help council with the implementation and planning of any dog related events proposed by the final Dog Strategy Plan, noting that “dog related events” can include, but are not limited to, any activity in which the community can be involved which allows dogs to be a part of it. Examples of this may include community dog obedience training; dog shows; dog events like Paws in the Park or Street Paws festivals.

4.    Council advertise for community representatives in the local area; and

5.    The possible advisory committee representatives include, but not be limited to, and be determined by the next Council term:-

a.    Five community representatives, being:-

I.       Three dog owners from within the Lane Cove LGA, one from each Council Ward;

II.      One local dog owner from the pet industry with a relevant business background; and

III.    One local dog owner from the veterinary profession.

b.    A representative as designated by the Lane Cove State MP.

c.     Two representatives from sporting clubs who play within the LGA (e.g. LCCC & St Michael’s Football Club);

d.    Two sitting councillors.

 

 

Procedural Motion

 

157

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brent and Palmer that debate on Item 6 ‘Community Dog Advisory Committee’ be suspended and Item 10 ‘Finalisation of Dog Strategy’ be moved forward for consideration.

 

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Brent, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 6).

Against the Motion were Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn (Total 2).

 

 

Finalisation of Dog Strategy

 

MOTION

A Motion was moved by Councillors Brent and Palmer that Council:-

1.    Adopt the Revised Dog Strategy included as AT-1; and

2.    Review the Dog Strategy within 12 months.

 

PROCEDURAL MOTION

158

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brooks-Horn and Strassberg that the Motion be put.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

159

Upon being put to the meeting the Motion was declared carried.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Brent, Vissel and Zbik (Total 5).

Against the Motion were Councillors Bennison, Brooks-Horn and Morris (Total 3).

 

Notice of Motion - Community Dog Advisory Committee

160

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brooks-Horn and Bennison that Council:-

1.    Advertise and conduct a workshop for residents to have direct input into how a dog advisory committee would operate;

2.    Convene a new advisory committee called the “Community Dog Advisory Committee” to advise on residents’ issues around dogs, the needs of dog owners, consider possible dog related events for the Lane Cove LGA, and what resources might be required to be provided by Council to ensure that both the interests of dog owners and the wider community are being looked after; and

3.    Write a constitution governing the activities of the committee, to be approved by Council;

4.    Committee’s responsibilities are to (examples):-

a.    meet at least twice within 6 months of the committee being constituted to review and suggest any changes to the Dog Strategy Plan 2021;

b.    help Council with the implementation and planning of any recommendations arising in the final Dog Strategy Plan; and

c.     help Council with the implementation and planning of any dog related events proposed by the final Dog Strategy Plan, noting that “dog related events” can include, but are not limited to, any activity in which the community can be involved which allows dogs to be a part of it. Examples of this may include community dog obedience training; dog shows; dog events like Paws in the Park or Street Paws festivals.

5.    The possible advisory committee representatives include, but not be limited to, and be determined by the next Council term:-

a.    Five community representatives, being:-

                                  i.     Three dog owners from within the Lane Cove LGA, one from each Council ward;

                                 ii.    One local dog owner from the pet industry with a relevant business background; and

                                iii.    One local dog owner from the veterinary profession.

b.    Two representatives from sporting clubs who play within the LGA (e.g. LCCC and St Michael’s Football Club);

c.     Two sitting councillors;

d.    An environmentalist; and

e.    A non-dog owner.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Notice of Motion - Creation of Future Infrastructure Reserve

161

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that Council:-

1.    Note that the 266 Longueville Road site will provide the residents of Lane Cove with another key piece of community infrastructure by providing modern residential accommodation for seniors and delivering on Council’s Social Plan;

2.    Subject to receipt of the funds from Australian Unity, set aside $20mil of these funds in a reserve called, ‘Future Infrastructure Fund Reserve’ to be applied to projects as detailed below; and

3.    In anticipation of receipt of funds from Australian Unity, the General Manager review the following list of potential Future Infrastructure Projects listed and prepare a report with recommendations for the allocation of the Future Infrastructure Fund Reserve to projects, prior to Council undertaking community consultation:-

a.    Sporting field and amenity building upgrades;

b.    Foreshore development for the community;

c.     Upgrade local parks;

d.    playground upgrades - fast tracking the playground upgrade strategy;

e.    Bush regeneration projects and upgrading of bushland signs, tracks and access paths;

f.      Protection of local wildlife;

g.    Bike paths;

h.    Footpaths;

i.      Stormwater (Flood prevention) upgrades;

j.      Public toilet block upgrades;

k.     Local shopping centre upgrades;

l.      A Performing Arts Centre;

m.   Other projects as suggested by the General Manager and Councillors; and

n.   A contribution to the proposed indoor sport and recreation facility.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Notice of Motion - Lane Cove Summer Festival

162

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that Council:-

1.    Prepare an enhanced entertainment program 1 December 2021 up to and including 26 January 2022;

2.    A draft plan be presented to the November Council meeting for noting; and

3.    The expanded program be funded from savings in Council’s Budget from the cancellation of events (food and Wine by the River, Rotary Fair etc.) to date in the 2021/22 adopted budget and any sponsorship opportunities.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Notice of Motion - Meeting with the new NSW Premier to discuss Local Government Issues

163

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that:-

1.    Council write to the Hon. Dominic Perrottet to:-

a)    Congratulate him on his appointment as NSW Premier; and

b)    Request a meeting with the Premier and/or Chief of Staff to discuss issues impacting our Local Government Area.

2.    Councillors submit any matters for possible discussion to the Mayor;

3.    The Mayor and General Manager be authorised to determine the issues to be   discussed with the Premier; and

4.    In the future Council will write to every new Premier to congratulate them.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

OFFICER REPORTS FOR DETERMINATION

 

Local Housing Strategy - Implementation and Delivery Plan

164

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Zbik and Vissel that Council:-

1.   Receive and note the report;

2.      Publish the endorsed Local Housing Strategy and letter of approval on Council’s website; and

3.   Delegate authority to the General Manager to prepare and submit the Implementation and Delivery Plan to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment when completed, and circulate to all Councillors for feedback before finalisation.

4.   A report be prepared for the next Ordinary Council meeting after finalisation.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Annual Financial Statements - Year Ended 30 June 2021

165

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Strassberg that Council:-

1.   Adopt the Annual Financial Statements (AT-1) for the year ended 30 June 2021;

2.   In accordance with Section 413(2)(c) of the Local Government Act, 1993, authorise the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, the General Manager and the Responsible Accounting Officer to sign the “Statement by Councillors and Management” (AT-2) for the General Purpose Financial Statements and lodge them with the Office of Local Government by 31 October 2021;

3.   Note that the Annual Financial Statements will be placed on Council’s website for public comment; and

4.   Invite the Audit Office of NSW and Grant Thornton Australia to attend the Council meeting of 15 November 2021 to present the Auditors Report.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Councillor David Brooks-Horn left the meeting, the time being 09:59 PM.

 

Rotary request for financial support due to the cancellation of the 2021 Rotary Fair due to COVID-19

166

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Vissel and Strassberg that Council:-

1.    Provide an amount of $8,500 to the Rotary Club of Lane Cove to support for local projects due to the cancellation of the Rotary Fair in 2021;

2.    Request Rotary to add “Proudly supported by Lane Cove Council” to any projects supported by the Council’s financial assistance; and

3.    Give public notice of the proposed funding in accordance with the consultation strategy outlined in this report and, subject to no objections being received, grant the funds.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 7).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Councillor David Brooks-Horn returned to the meeting, the time being 10:00 PM.

 

Public Art in Birdwood Lane - Progress Report

167

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brent and Bennison that the Report be received and noted.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Pecuniary Interest Returns 2021

168

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brooks-Horn and Brent that Council note the Report and tabling of Pecuniary Interest Returns of Designated Staff and Councillors for the return period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel and Zbik, Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

OFFICER REPORTS FOR INFORMATION

 

IPART Review of Rate Peg – Population Growth

169

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brooks-Horn and Strassberg that the report be received and noted.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Council Snapshot September 2021

170

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brooks-Horn and Strassberg that the report be received and noted.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Strassberg, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

CLOSE

 

The meeting closed at 10:08pm.

 

Confirmed at the Ordinary Council Meeting of 15 November 2021, at which meeting the signature herein is subscribed.

 

 

MAYOR

 

 

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